More than 100 Australians are vying for every entry-level job, a new report reveals.
Anglicare Australia on Wednesday released its jobs availability snapshot, which aims to paint a picture for policy makers of people who have barriers to work.
This includes older workers made redundant, people who didn't finish Year 12, or people with disability.
When just looking at people with barriers to work, the report found that there were up to 20 people competing for each entry-level job.
But when all job seekers are included the figure is as high as 106.
Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers says many of the people identified in the report are older workers who have been left out of the government's new scheme that pays businesses to hire younger staff.
Ms Chambers says the system isn't helping people who need it.
"They're facing cuts to their payments, and they're being forced to jump through hoops and apply for jobs. But our research shows the jobs just aren't there," she said.
"If we're serious about helping people, we need to create jobs that match their skills."
Anglicare wants the government to get rid of the Jobactive scheme, which links unemployed people with providers to find work.
The charity also wants to ensure the unemployment benefit JobSeeker doesn't go down to its $40-a-day rate once the coronavirus boost finishes at the end of the year.
"These changes are urgent. If we don't fix this broken system, we will go on forcing people to compete for jobs that simply don't exist."
Australian Associated Press